Ghostly Halloween cake recipe

Halloween ghost cake

I love making something a bit special for Halloween, and this year we decided on one of our favourites – a chocolate courgette cake with a ghostly twist!

Ghostly halloween cake
Chocolate courgette cake with a ghoulish Halloween twist.
For the cake
  1. 120g softened butter
  2. 125ml sunflower oil
  3. 100g caster sugar
  4. 200g soft brown sugar
  5. 3 eggs
  6. 130ml milk
  7. 350g plain flour
  8. 2 teaspoons baking powder
  9. 4 tablespoons cocoa powder
  10. 450g courgettes, peeled and finely grated
  11. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
For the ghosts
  1. 150g caster sugar
  2. Juice of 1 lemon
  3. 300ml apple juice
  4. 300ml water
  5. 2 Conference pears, peeled
For the decoration
  1. Matchmakers
  2. Cake decorations (balls or other small shapes)
  3. Chocolate Halloween treats
For the cake
  1. Put the butter, sunflower oil and both sugars in a bowl and beat together. Gradually add the eggs and the milk.
  2. Sift the dry ingredients and fold into the mixture. Stir in the courgettes and vanilla extract.
  3. Spoon mixture into a cake tin (lined with baking paper).
  4. Place in a preheated oven at 190 degrees/gas mark 5 and bake for 35-45 minutes.
For the ghosts
  1. Put the lemon juice, sugar, apple juice and water into a saucepan, and heat for 5 minutes until the sugar has dissolved.
  2. Immerse the pears and simmer for 10-15 minutes until tender.
  3. Remove ane leave to cool until needed.
To decorate
  1. Gently push cake decorating balls or shapes into the pears to create ghostly faces. The colour may run if the pears are still damp, but don't worry - this adds to the effect!
  2. Place the pears onto the top of the cooled cake, and surround with Halloween chocolates or sweets.
  3. Finally, break up some matchmakers, and stick them into the cake to create a 'fence' effect.
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I love this Halloween cake – not only is it delicious and great fun to make with the kids – but you are getting a good hit of vegetables into them too! Will you be making any special Halloween treats this year?

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  1. Ellie
    October 7, 2014 / 2:02 pm

    What a great idea! I normally tend to favour loaf cakes like pumpkin and such x

    • kate
      October 7, 2014 / 2:04 pm

      I love a loaf cake too, you could use the chocolate courgette mix and make a loaf cake from that!

  2. October 7, 2014 / 4:43 pm

    Your cake looks so fab!! I’ve never done anything for Halloween, but now my little boys are a bit older maybe I should…..!

  3. Emma
    October 7, 2014 / 7:46 pm

    Oooh I really like this idea – I especially like the pears with the ghostly faces haha wonderful!

  4. October 8, 2014 / 1:16 pm

    this looks amazing, It’ll make a fab centre piece at our Halloween party, thanks for sharing. Thank goodness fot the <#mmwbh !≥
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  5. October 9, 2014 / 11:50 pm

    This is incredible lady! Thanks for linking up to #tastytuesdays x
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    • kate
      October 10, 2014 / 12:48 pm

      Awww thanks!

    • kate
      October 10, 2014 / 12:47 pm

      I just linked up – thank you!

  6. October 23, 2014 / 11:38 am

    So sorry I’m only getting round to last weeks link up posts but my god how amazing is this cake!!! Get you Miss Delia Smith! lol!! Thanks so much for linking up! #MMWBH x

  7. October 23, 2015 / 10:54 pm

    Would never in a million years have occurred to me to put courgette in a chocolate cake… or any other kind of cake for that matter. Very clever, though! 🙂

  8. October 24, 2015 / 12:13 am

    Oh wow! This looks really good but ive never heard of courgette cake before! I guess theres no reason why it wouldnt work as lets face it, carrot cake is delicious! Can you taste the courgette?! I`m not a big fan of them so I`m apprehensive lol xx
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  9. October 24, 2015 / 10:32 am

    Looks so delicious. I neve try cake from courgettes. Time to try.

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